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edford, but also to the inhabitants of the neighboring towns, as well as to the Great and General Court. All printed authorities have heretofore fixed the date of the commencement of this bridge as being in the year 1638. On a plan of Governor Winthrop's Ten Hills farm, dated the 8th month (October), 1637, is shown a bridge across Mistick river at the place now occupied by the present bridge; there is a singular fact connected with the location of this bridge, which would seem to indicate that if not commenced earlier than the year 1637 (as we believe it to have been) it was at least in contemplation as early as the year 1631. It was in that year that Governor Winthrop received the grant of land known as the Ten Hills farm, and the northwest corner of this grant was located exactly at the southeast corner of the bridge. Could this have been accidental, or was it by design? As early as the year 1629 there were settlers on both sides of the Mistick river. On the north side
ween Cambridge and Malden made its report: From the new County road by the Slate Hill, over the sorrelly plain through Mr. Winthrop's farm to the road leading to Mistick Bridge, and from there over Gravelly Bridge, and to the left over the plains to stown to Medford, and one on the road from Charlestown to Cambridge, for this year. Mr. John Usher owned a part of Governor Winthrop's Ten Hills farm, the same estate afterwards in the possession of Col. Isaac Royall. Colonel Royall maintained ahere Waterworks or Capen street is now located. Also one leading from Harvard street along the southwest bounds of Governor Winthrop's farm. The town of Charlestown laid out a way on the south side of the river, west of and adjoining Mistick bri Mr. David Jeffreys motioned the County Court to alter and remove the highway through their farms, late the farm of Governor Winthrop, and the Court appointed a committee to consider the same. The following is the motion: Sheweth that havin
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The Royall House loan exhibition. (search)
empt to bring the Medford of to-day in closer touch with its historic past. Not the least interesting part of the exhibition was the house itself, which still remains one of the finest examples of the old-colonial mansions of New England. The exact date of the building of the house is lost in obscurity. Tradition says it was built by John Usher, afterward lieutenant-governor of New Hampshire, but there is evidence that a house stood on the site when Usher bought it of the heirs of Governor Winthrop. In 1737 Isaac Royall, Senior, remodelled and embellished the house, and one year after, his son Isaac brought his bride there and took possession. Henceforth the house became one of the notable social centres of colonial life. Through the massive gateway and into the paved court to the west door rolled the stately carriages of the Vassals and other noted families of Boston and vicinity, and Colonel Royall returned the visits in the only chariot which was owned for miles on the nort